The Droid 3 Teardown Reveals a Surprise Comeback of the SIM Card

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The Droid 3's been out for a month in China, but we're just now getting our obligatory look under the hood via an iFixit teardown. The big surprise is that Motorola's new handset is packing a SIM card.

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SIM-less phones had put a damper on Verizon's international capabilities, so the inclusion of the card is good news if you're looking to use the phone globally. A lot of the specs were leaked last month, so we knew that it had an 8MP camera that records at 1080p, Micro-USB, mini-HDMI, and a five-row "full" keyboard. It's also got a dual core 1Ghz processor, a 960 x 540 pixel Gorilla glass screen and a 1540 mAh batter rated at nine hours. For the full run down, head over to [iFixit].

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Verizon maintains a few "international" phones which include a sim card. To use the card you have to call and have verizon enable it.

What I've done in the past when I go to Europe is to have the international calling and data plans added to my Verizon phones for the time I'm going to be there. The calling plan is costly but not rediculous — and the data plan USED TO be quite good.

As of January 2011, Verizon's international data plan is almost unusable. It's around a hundred bucks for the month, and the data use averages to about 2mb per day — over use is extremely expensive. If you get the plan for 2 weeks, they do prorate the cost of the plan, but they also attenuate the total so it still works out to 2mb per day.

Before 2011, the plan was quite good. After January 2011, it's downright crazy.